Population Dynamics and Sustainable Well-Being

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Formal and Statistical Approaches to the Study of Inequalities in Mortality

Ugofilippo Basellini, Esther Dorothea Denecke, Ana Cristina Gómez Ugarte Valerio, Roland Rau, Emilio Zagheni, Jose Manuel Aburto (MPIDR / University of Oxford, United Kingdom); in Collaboration with Carlo Giovanni Camarda (French National Institute for Demographic Studies, Paris, France), Pavel Grigoriev (Federal Institute for Population Research, Wiesbaden, Germany), Fanny Janssen (Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute, The Hague, Netherlands)

We focus on the development of new formal relationships and statistical methods to investigate demographic change across countries and over time. Particular attention is paid to mortality in small populations and inequalities in mortality across socioeconomic groups.  Detailed Description

Different scenarios of lifespan equality (as measured by the Drewnowski’s index) and threshold ages under the Gompertz model

Gompertz mortality model with positive aging (ß > 0) for different levels of baseline mortality a and a fixed rate of aging ß = 0.1. In this framework, lifespan equality (D) and the threshold age (aD) increase as the level of mortality (a) decreases. © Aburto et al. (2022) © MPIDR

Research Keywords:

Aging, Mortality and Longevity, Projections and Forecasting, Statistics and Mathematics

Region keywords:

Europe, Japan, Sweden, USA


Gómez Ugarte Valerio, A. C.; Basellini, U.; Camarda, C. G.; Janssen, F.; Zagheni, E.:
MPIDR Working Paper WP-2024-007. (2024)    
Bonetti, M.; Basellini, U.; Nigri, A.:
SocArxiv papers. unpublished. (2023)    
Denecke, E. D.; Grigoriev, P.; Rau, R.:
arXiv e-prints 2302.01693. unpublished. (2023)    
Gómez Ugarte Valerio, A. C.; Garcia-Guerrero, V. M.:
Population Research and Policy Review 42:57, 1–22. (2023)    
Aburto, J. M.; Basellini, U.; Baudisch, A.; Villavicencio, F.:
Theoretical Population Biology 148, 1–10. (2022)    
Nigri, A.; Aburto, J. M.; Basellini, U.; Bonetti, M.:
Scientific Reports 12:22624, 1–10. (2022)    
Bonetti, M.; Gigliarano, C.; Basellini, U.:
In: Gini inequality index: methods and applications, 1–18. Boca Raton: Chapman and Hall/CRC. (2021)
Aburto, J. M.; Villavicencio, F.; Basellini, U.; Kjærgaard, S.; Vaupel, J. W.:
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 117:10, 5250–5259. (2020)    
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